Collecting Information

Fred Mueller has been running the National Center for Catastrophic Injury Research in North Carolina for three decades, as Alan Schwarz writes on

Finding information about injuries has become easier throughout the year with the invention of the world-wide web.  Before that the Center had to hire news reading services to find what he was looking for.  Now with the awareness after a horrible event, some even call Fred Mueller.

Not only did Alan Schwarz once again explain a part of the process that someone is doing, he shed light on things that may be missing in the recent concussion discussions.  Fred Mueller has written a book, it will be out very shortly, titled Football Fatalities and Catastrophic Injuries 1931-2008.

As that book goes to press, Mueller continues to take his phone calls and scours the Web alongside file cabinets that read “Football Fatality Reports” and “Cat. Cases,” short for catastrophic. He seeks the stories nobody wants to hear, the most gruesome job in sports.

“You could look at it that way,” Mueller said. “But you can also look at it as the best. You’re preventing deaths and disability injuries. That can be pretty satisfying.”